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Principal Opportunities

Find information about CPS principal vacancies, expectations, and processes for selection.

Strong Leaders For Our Schools and Communities

CPS principals are key levers for change and are critical to the success of our schools. We are committed to ensuring every school has strong leaders that provide opportunities for all students to achieve their fullest potential. Strong leaders focus on equity to provide a high-quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life. We seek innovative, entrepreneurial, results-oriented school leaders with a deep sense of responsibility and commitment to the students in their schools and to the communities in which their schools reside.

How To Apply

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    View Current Principal Opportunities (Vacancies)

    Principal positions are generally posted for two weeks and may be posted again after the application deadline or upon request by the LSC. Candidates do not need to reapply for reposted positions.

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    Submit Your Application

    To apply, complete and submit the CPS Principal Candidate Application Form and attach your resume, cover letter, and other materials requested by the advertising LSC. Additional attachments will not be accepted. Submit a separate application form with material for each individual school to which you are applying. All materials must be in PDF format only. Please note we cannot provide updates to candidates on the status of their application.

CPS Principal Requirements

Principal Expectations

CPS’ principal expectations are outlined in the CPS School Leadership Framework. The Framework organizes the work of a principal into four domains (competencies) and their underlying components. The School Leaders Rubric with Critical Attributes creates a shared understanding and common interpretation of each component in the Framework and guides supervisors in assessing the professional practice of principals.

Principal Selection Process